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Thread #103590   Message #2112541
Posted By: Nick
27-Jul-07 - 08:56 AM
Thread Name: Thinking of buying a mandolin
Subject: RE: Thinking of buying a mandolin
I bought one recently for similar reasons to you.

I bought a HORRIBLE cheap mandolin locally which had a poor sound and which had terrible intonation problems, which I took back. Anything guaranteed to put you off playing is to have something that is that crappy.

I bought one of these - Tanglewood TMS mandolin - new off ebay for 69 and am very happy with it. I actually bought it from this seller - maymusic - but notice that the previous price of 69 has rather shot up! Whether you could still buy one for what I paid I don't know but he does accept best offers. Still I'm happy that I got value for money and have a fiddle playing friend who has played it and who was genuinely surprised when he found out what I paid for it and promptly rushed off to try and buy one only to find the price rather higher!

It's nicely put together and nicely finished. For the level I play at - I'm a reasonable guitarist and am just learning a load of tunes - it's fine for me.

As an aside I find it really fun to play and so different from playing a guitar. I find that I am a much more fluent single note player on a mandolin than I am on a guitar - perhaps the spacing, who knows?